J. Paterson | As I’ve probably mentioned numerous times over the years, I had only one job before I started this business. It was a small company (less than 10 people), and today even after 10 years of self-employment, some of my most valuable entrepreneurial lessons, came from this first/only job… I’m reminded of this, nearly every day.
My boss was young (late 20’s), when I started working for him, and it didn’t take long before I started to see him as someone I aspired to be one day. What I didn’t realize until years later, was how well he did some of the most fundamental, yet often overlooked practices in business. He delegated responsibilities, and embraced creativity and forward thinking from his staff. Basically, he allowed us to do, exactly what he hired us to do… Get things done.
This may all sound so simple and obvious, but you would be amazed at how many business owners/managers forget these fundamental business practices.
Me, I was fortunate enough to learn these things, without even knowing that I had learned them. Like I said, my boss was my mentor, and I studied his demeanor. I asked a million questions, and received a million answers. Who knew that over a decade later, I would not only be using his answers to grow my business, but also teaching my clients the importance of them as well.
This morning, I was drinking my morning coffee and I had one of those “Ah Ha” moments, like I’ve had a few times in the past. I read a fantastic article on Inc. Magazine’s website, titled “3 Reasons Your Team is Underperforming“. This story is an absolute MUST READ for small business owners and management alike. When I come across stories like this, that re-iterate the very same things I consult my clients on, it assures me that I must be doing something right. I have my mentor to thank for that.
Do yourself a favor, and read the article from Inc. Magazine, you’ll be glad you did. And more importantly, implement the practices you find in it, you’ll be even happier about that.